Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Week 40: Buckle Up Tight...
Sounds like the family is doing great! I am happy to hear that! Lots of fun stuff happening and a lot of people heading to different places and stages of their lives!
I promised you last week a good email, so buckle up tight, because you're about to get the best email ever! ;)
So I mentioned a bit about our investigator, A., and how she is really cool, well she got baptized last Saturday!! Yep! We found her the 7th, started teaching her the 12th and baptized her the 23rd! So when we first found her she was hung over with her niece, B. We talked to them with R. (their friend who helped us find them) about baptism. They'd been taught a lot in the past by other missionaries, but nothing really happened. So after we taught about baptism we got their numbers and texted them scriptures they should read. The next time we met with them we found out that A. had read a lot from the Book of Mormon and wanted to be baptized!! So we set the date with her for the 31st. We then invited B. to be baptized and she said no because she doesn't believe in modern-day prophets. We were about to reply to her concern but A. just started testifying that she believes in prophets and it's dumb not to believe God would stop talking to us through prophets like He has in the past! So we visited her every other day up until Sunday. She came to church about 45 minutes early, so we gave her a church tour and she met with bishop too! Everyone she met already thought she was a member too! haha. Bishop told us after his meeting with her that she was super golden and that she's ready to be baptized! We still had her date for the 31st and were planning to talk to her later about changing it, but our WML just announced to all of the Gospel Principles class that she was getting baptized the next weekend and she was totally fine with that! So we kept visiting her, taught her everything we needed to before baptism, and she had no problem with anything! The time of her baptism rolls around and we find out that the usual building we use is being used for a wedding, so we had to frantically call everyone and tell them it'll be at a different building. When we got to the building we found out that the font was locked and we didn't have the key... So we called another set of elders who had the key, drove over to them and got the key. We drove back, tried the key, and it didn't work! We called the elders back and they told us they must not have the key and gave us the number of the sisters who do have the key! We call them, leave, pick up the key and finally open the font and start filling at like 4:50. The baptism was supposed to start at 5:00... We finally get the font filled with semi-warm water and come to find out that we don't have a baptismal suit large enough for R. (who was going to baptize A.). We then had to go and get the biggest suit we could find from the other building and were still one size too small! At this point I didn't even care to look at my watch because I knew we were already suuuuupper late, but we had R try on the biggest suit we had and, with some prayers, it fit!! He looked a lot like the Michelin Man! haha. But the baptism happened, and although it was very hectic, it was one of the most spiritual baptisms I've ever been a part of. Every missionary dreams of finding someone and baptizing them 2 weeks later, and now that dream has come true for me!
We now have 2 firm baptisms set for this next Sunday, and one more set for the Sunday after that! We are meeting with 2 more of our investigators tonight to set a baptismal date with them as well! The work is going really great here in VC! I love it! This is most likely my last transfer here, so I have to end with a bang!! haha
Missionary work is truly the best! There isn't too much more I could say to describe it better! It's the best in just about every way, and I'm loving every moment of it! I love you and hope all goes well for you this next week!
Elder Brian Farley